BUJUMBURA, Burundi – A presidential spokesman says presidential elections in Burundi are now set for July 15 after President Pierre Nkurunziza signed a decree accepting the electoral commission's proposal.
Gervais Abayeho said Wednesday that parliamentary polls will be held on June 29, according to the decree signed Tuesday night.
Burundi's government had been under pressure to delay the polls by several weeks amid ongoing unrest over Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term.
Opposition groups have said the current electoral commission panel lacks the authority because it is missing members. Two of its five regular members are believed to have fled the country amid political unrest.
It is unclear how delaying elections by a few weeks will reduce the ire of opposition groups who are calling the president's third term bid unconstitutional.